UPDATE: CM: Student suspect questioned for written bomb threat at elementary


By Gary Huffenberger - ghuffenberger@wnewsj.com



ADAMS TOWNSHIP — There were written bomb threats Monday at Clinton-Massie Elementary School, and district officials said they feel they have a suspect.

According to Clinton-Massie Local Schools Superintendent Matt Baker, about 1:30 p.m. Monday a student reported to a building administrative assistant (secretary) there was a written bomb threat in one of the elementary bathrooms.

The administrative assistant accompanied the student back to the bathroom, and she saw it actually was written in two separate places, said Baker.

The Clinton-Massie school resource officer, who was just a couple hallways away doing D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) classes, was brought down immediately, Baker said. The officer assessed the situation and called for an evacuation of the building.

“Students did a fantastic job exiting the building quietly and because of the practices over the years, the staff was well prepared to get the students out safely,” stated Baker.

Officials immediately began watching video, and Baker on Monday afternoon said they feel they have a suspect. The suspect is an elementary-level student.

Law enforcement officers were brought in to “sweep” the building for a possible bomb and to question the suspect, the superintendent said.

Students returned to class about 3 p.m.

Baker sent out an all-call to district residents, stating, “We have checked the building and law enforcement has deemed it safe for the students to return. We do have a suspect in custody and we are allowing the students to return at this time. We thank you for your understanding and patience in this matter.”

Editor Tom Barr contributed to this story.

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By Gary Huffenberger

ghuffenberger@wnewsj.com